Prosecutors give details on mayor’s alleged fraud

Published 11:39 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Federal prosecutors say Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr made numerous false statements about the living arrangements of his family and a beachfront home damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Warr and his wife pleaded not guilty to charges in a 16-count federal indictment accusing them of seeking a homeowners assistance grant for a home they did not live in.

The Warrs’ attorneys had asked a federal judge to order prosecutors to say exactly allegedly false statements they made to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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In a document filed Tuesday prosecutors said the Warrs lied about the home being their primary residence, that three rooms were occupied and the home was fully complete and furnished.

Warr’s attorney has he will be exonerated.